Gallows Lane by Brian McGilloway
An Inspector Devlin Mystery

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The heart-stopping follow-up to Brian McGilloway's thrilling debut, Gallows Lane continues the compelling series that captures modern Ireland and showcases a striking new voice in crime writing.


In his critically acclaimed debut, Borderlands, Brian McGilloway opened a window onto modern Ireland through the eyes of Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin, drawing comparisons to John Connolly and Ian Rankin for his tight, fast-paced plotting.


In Gallows Lane, the Donegal summer dawns unusually hot, and Inspector Devlin returns to the borderlands separating the North and South of Ireland, waiting for a notorious ex-con, James Kerr, to return home on early release. Kerr claims to have found God while in prison, but the superintendant of police wants him to stay on the other side of the border.


When a young woman is found beaten to death on a building site in what appears to be a sexually-motivated killing, Devlin is distracted from his assignment of keeping tabs on Kerr. Enquiries into the murder soon point to a local bodybuilder and steroid addict. But days later, the born-again ex-con Kerr is found nailed to a tree--crucified.


Increasingly torn between his young family and his job, Devlin is determined to apprehend those responsible for the murders before they strike again, even as the carnage begins to jeopardize those he cares about most.


Taking its title from the name of the road down which condemned Donegal criminals were once led, Gallows Lane is a sharp, modern thriller; a stunning second installment in what John Connolly says is "set to become one of the great series in modern crime fiction."

 

About Brian McGilloway

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Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1974 and teaches at St. Columb’s College, Derry. Previously he has written plays and short stories. Borderlands is his first novel, and was shortlisted for the 2007 New Blood Dagger award. He lives near the Borderlands, with his wife and their two sons.
 
Published September 29, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 341 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The Guardian

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Like his impressive debut Borderlands, McGilloway's second Inspector Devlin case opens at an Irish border crossing, where James Kerr is returning from an eight-year stretch for robbery.

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New York Journal of Books

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And in the second of the Inspector Devlin series, Brian McGilloway brings us the powerful Gallows Lane.

Sep 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Gallows Lane: An Inspector De...

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